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November 24. 2012 10:53PM

College Sports Roundup: UNH women skaters lose to Minnesota


The UNH women celebrate their first goal of the game against Minnesota. (JAY REITER/Union Leader)

The University of New Hampshire women's hockey team fell to the nation's top-ranked team, the University of Minnesota, 10-2, Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center in Durham.

The loss bumps the Wildcats to 6-8-1 on the year while the Golden Gophers improve to 15-0-0.

Minnesota opened up the game with a trio of first period goals, the first of which was scored by Amanda Kessel at 2:19. Hannah Brandt netted the next two consecutively as she scored at 4:42 and 12:21.

Haley Breedlove got the Wildcats on the board with her first-career goal just seconds after Brandt's second goal after finding a pass from Caroline Broderick in front of the net and sending it past UM goalie Noora Raty. Kayla Mork tallied the second assist on the play for her first point of the season.

After a period of play, Minnesota held a 3-1 advantage.

Minnesota's Lee Stecklein and Rachael Bona upped the Golden Gophers advantage to 5-1 before UNH's Jessica Hitchcock netted her third goal in two games at 13:52 on a power play to bring the score to 5-2. Hitchcock received the puck from Megan Armstrong to extend her point-streak to five games. Alexis Crossley also tallied an assist on the play.

Minnesota used goals by Meghan Lorence and Bethany Brausen to lead 7-2 after two periods, and the visitors capped their scoring in the third period with goals from Kessel, Kelly Terry and Brandt.

New Hampshire's Jenn Gilligan got the start in net and made a pair of saves. Vilma Vaattovaara came on in the second for the Wildcats and made seven saves, and Marie-Eve Jean played the remainder of the game and made 18 saves on 23 shots faced. UM outshot UNH 37-9 in the game. Both teams converted one power play opportunity.

The two teams conclude their two game series here today at 2 p.m.

Dartmouth 2, Colgate 2 (OT): At Hanover, Sally Komarek and Reagan Fischer scored for the Big Green and goalie Lindsay Holdcroft made 23 saves. Dartmouth (4-2-2 overall and 3-2-1 in ECAC Hockey) had a strong chance to win the game during the overtime, but Fischer's shot off a pass from Jenna Hobeika flew just left of the goal.

Men's hockey

Boston College 6, Dartmouth 3: At Chestnut Hill, Mass., the No. 1 Eagles snapped a 3-3 third-period tie with a trio of goals including an empty-netter to gain the win. Rick Pinkston tied the game at 1-1 for the Big Green 16 minutes into the first, and Brandon McNally and Tyler Sikura scored goals 47 seconds apart as time wound down in the second to tie the game once again at 3-3.

It was the the third consecutive Saturday that No. 11 Dartmouth squared off with a team ranked nationally in the top-10.

University of New England 3, Southern New Hampshire 1: At Hooksett, middle period goals by ryan Quinn and Nick Kolb snapped a 1-1 tie and provided UNE with the Manchester PAL/Stovepipe Tourrnament opening round victory. Nick Riccio scored the Penmen's goal on a first period power play with assists going to Joe Collins and Casey Goll.

Men's basketball

Holy Cross 60, New Hampshire 50: At Worcester, Mass., Patrick Konan netted 13 points and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-3 run that erased a 10-point deficit, but UNH could not maintain momentum and fell to 2-3 on the season. New Hampshire enjoyed a slim 42-41 lead at 10:47 of the second, but the Crusaders regrouped and put the game on ice.

Ferg Myrick also reached double-figures for the Wildcats with 11 points.

IPFW 70, Dartmouth 66: At Hanover, Alex Mitola and John Golden scored 18 and 15 points respectively but the Big Green was unable to complete its late-game rally. Dartmouth (1-2) trailed by eight with less than five minutes to play. Isaiah McCray led four visitors in double-figures with 18 points.

Women's basketball

Albany 62, Dartmouth 49: At Albany, guards Faziah Steen and Kamala Thompson combined for 25 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome 26 turnovers in a non-conference loss. Steen posted her second consecutive game in double-figures with a team-leading 15 points.

St. Anselm 53, Chestnut Hill 32: At Goffstown, the Hawks balanced offense placed 10 of their 11 players in the scorer's book, led by Briana Jones' 10 points. Jones also pulled down nine rebounds. St. Anselm teammate Allie Jones netted nine points and nine boards. The Hawks won the game in the second half, outscoring their rival 31-13.


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